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RALEIGH - Joyce Wade Johnson, 66, died Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at the home of her daughter, Kim, in Youngsville. Funeral services will be Sunday, July 12, at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service chapel in Knightdale, with the Rev. Jim Carroll, her son-in-law, officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethany Baptist Church cemetery, 3417 Rolesville Road, Wendell.
ZEBULON - Alice “Bernice” Johnson Wiggs, 88, died Monday, July 6, 2009 at WakeMed. Funeral service was conducted Thursday, July 9, at Massey Funeral Home, Zebulon. Burial followed in the Bailey Town Cemetery.
RALEIGH - Funeral services for Alma Louise Bullock, 77, who died Monday, July 6, 2009, will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, July 11) in the Richardson Funeral Home chapel in Louisburg, with the Rev. Timothy Walker officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.
No one can argue our legislators have an extremely difficult and disagreeable task trying to put together a budget for the year that started July 1. But that is no excuse for unnecessarily dragging out the task.
While not privy to the closed-door discussions taking place between the House and Senate, we know one house has one approach for imposing a billion dollars of new taxes and the other house has a different approach. What we see reminds us of children jostling for position on a playground.
RALEIGH – I don’t know whether the Democratic majority in the General Assembly proposed major cuts in state mental-health programs as a response to recent scandals or as a means of scaring North Carolinians into supporting tax increases. Whatever the motivation, it was a bad idea.
There were far better places in the state budget to save money. Rather than cut funding for the state’s psychiatric hospitals and mental-health services, lawmakers should have, for example, returned $85 million in University of North Carolina overhead receipts to the General Fund to help finance state-funded facilities, reclaimed tens of millions of dollars a year in tobacco settlement funds now diverted outside the General Fund, and eliminated the hundreds of additional millions of dollars in waste and duplication detailed in state-funded studies, investigative reports by the news media, and alternative budgets published by the John Locke Foundation over the years.
Six women dead. Three more missing. All in the space of barely four years and in a place where even a single violent death ought to stand out like a red flag on a snowbank.
Yet it’s taken that long for officials just east of us to tumble to the fact they may have a serial killer on the loose in the Battleboro area in Nash and Edgecombe counties.
There will be those that argue the case has been so effectively ignored for so long because the victims were black and living on the edge of society, apparently using drugs and sex to forge a marginal existence.
That’s certainly part of the reason -- but it’s frightening that the news media didn’t tumble to this sooner.
GOOD MORNING: A GOP backed bill that would all but guarantee attorney fees for those who sue over public records narrowly cleared a key Senate committee in Raleigh Wednesday, but look for Democratic opponents to try to gut the bill, which would also create an open government unit within the Attorney General’s Office that could help mediate public records disputes, when it hits the House floor, possibly next week.
This also looks to me like a golden opportunity for Gov. Beverly Perdue to back up her call for open government with something a bit more substantial than lip service.
We fully realize the significance of the problem and the horrible effects it has on just-beginning lives, but we’re skeptical that punishment is the answer.
The problem is babies being born to mothers who abuse drugs and alcohol.
The effects, both prenatally and in the early days of life, can be devastating -- and they can linger through a person’s lifetime.
Nobles of Imran Temple No. 168, pictured above, held a fund-raising event in front of the Wal-Mart store located at the Franklin Plaza in Louisburg on Saturday, June 6, during the hours of 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. These nobles, emblazoned in their fez’s and green shirts, worked tirelessly to make this a successful event to the delight of Wal-Mart customers who gave generously to the charitable cause.
Imran Temple No. 168, in Henderson, and the other 16 temples in the Desert of North Carolina participated in a massive, statewide fund-raising endeavor designed to help the Shriners Children’s Hospitals. In particular, Imran Temple Nobles have visited the Greenville, S.C. Shriners Hospital for Children that is near and dear to their hearts, and have witnessed the plight of children who are in great anticipation of potential help.
Joining an elite group of 13 contractors from across the United States, Neuse Tile Service Inc. was recently named a 5-Star Contractor by the National Tile Contractors Association. Based in Youngsville, Neuse Tile is the first tile installer in North Carolina to receive this distinction.
The select group of 5-Star recipients documented their track record of excellence and commitment to quality tile installations with recommendations from customers, suppliers, and peers; participation in training programs, educational seminars and events; an active safety program; and active membership with NTCA for more than 25 years.
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Durham Public Schools a grant for more than $800,000 to strengthen history instruction. As an equal partner in the deal, Franklin County Schools will benefit as well.
Both school systems will use the Teaching American History Grants Program funding to support the History LINK (Learning and Integrating New Knowledge) Project.
Bayada Nurses, a leading national provider of home health care services with local offices serving Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Lee, Nash, Orange, Vance, Wake and Wilson counties, announced that it has achieved accreditation for home health and private duty services from the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP), the leading accrediting organization for the home health care industry.
Southern States Cooperative has been named as an Official Animal Health and Nutrition Partner for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010™. One of 35 global partners in animal health and nutrition, Southern States has united with title sponsor, Alltech, a global leader in animal health and nutrition, in a collaborative effort to promote and achieve the highest level of performance for the competitors of the world’s most prestigious equestrian championships.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are investigating two thefts that happened within 10 miles of each other and ended the same way — two vehicles torched.
On July 2, Tracy N. Green, 28, of Nash County, reported that someone stole her 2002 Dodge Intrepid from outside a residence on N.C. 56 East in Castalia, just short of the Nash County line.
The incident was reported at about 9:30 a.m. on July 2. At about 4 p.m. that same day, Nash County sheriff’s deputies found the vehicle after it had been burned.
YOUNGSVILLE — The town’s Board of Commissioners moved forward with plans to request a supplemental grant to help them complete a sewer rehab project.
It was another sidestep the town has had to make with the sewer project.
The town received a $900,000 Clean Water Management Trust Fund Grant in 2008 to rehab old manholes and sewer lines, but the money was pulled by the state.
Prospective politicians have until this Friday to file for one of the 21 available municipal seats that Franklin County residents will get to fill this fall.
The filing period opened on July 6 (rather than the planned July 3 because of the holiday) and by the end of the first week, three newcomers, John Allers, Catherine Redd, and David Bissette, had filed to run for office in Franklinton, Youngsville and Wake Forest respectively.
FRANKLINTON — Water plant staff, engineers and consultants have put in enough work that town staff figure they might be able to turn town water back on this Monday.
The town switched over to county water and took its water plant offline on July 6, five days after iron built up in the town’s reservoir and about 1,100 households received rust-colored water.
“We’re still on county water,” Town Manager Larry Carver said on Thursday afternoon, “at least until Monday.”
Attorneys said they need more time before school officials recommend who commissioners pay to build a new Franklinton High School.
School staff anticipated recommending that the third lowest bidder — D.A. Thomas Construction — be given the contract for the new 214,277-square-foot Franklinton High School.
But by Friday afternoon, the matter was pulled from the agenda.
“The lawyers are still vetting some things out,” Interim Superintendent Eddie Ingram said Friday afternoon.
YOUNGSVILLE -- With Christian Sledge secured as the ace of the Bunn pitching staff, opponents looked at the possibility of mastering the All-Stars other hill masters -- with the hope of possibly stealing a district title from the heavily favored Green and Gold.
So much for that theory.
After Sledge sent Bunn into the winner’s bracket Sunday with a solid effort against Louisburg, the All-Stars sent Thomas Dean to the mound for Tuesday’s Dixie Youth Major League District Tourney championship rematch at Luddy Park.
The Bunn Wildcats 11-Under Select Baseball Team earned second place at the Southern Slam Tournament, which was held June 27-28 in Myrtle Beach. Pictured are (back row, l to r) Assistant Coach Rodney Medlin and Head Coach Larry McKeithan; (second row, l to r) Austin Mitchell, Tyler Loyd, Nick Williams, Spencer Brickhouse, Shane Garrison and Joshua Boone; (front row, l to r) Aidan McKeithan (kneeling), Connor McKeithan, Chris Vaughn, Justin Whitley, Jake Brubaker, Austin Medlin and Bowie Oliver. Not pictured is Assistant Coach Kyle Garrison.
The Youngsville American All-Stars recently competed in the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch District Tournament at Oxford Webb High School and reached the semifinals. Pictured are (back row, l to r) Coaches Bill Osborne, Reggie Faulkner, Todd Whitaker and James Reynolds; (middle row, l to r) Ben Hornyak, Jack Osborne, Ian Faulkner, Chandler Griffin, Josh Brown, Parker Coats and Chase Corey; (front row, l to r) Cameron Whitaker, Lyeshan Parker, Zach Newsome, Grant Reynolds, David Ball and Richard Cardona.
BUNN -- The DREAMS/Bunn High School Wildcats Basketball Camp will be held July 13-17 at the Bunn Dome.
Boys and girls ages 7-15 are welcome to participate. Cost is $50 per person, which includes T-shirt and lunch on the final day of the camp.
The event will run from 9-12:30 p.m. each day. Special guests will be in attendance.
For more information, contact BHS women’s basketball coach/athletic director Charles Mann at (919) 496-3975 (work) or (919) 671-4550 (cell).
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College men’s golf coach Charles Sloan was nominated and elected Vice-President and President-Elect for the NJCAA Division III Golf Coaches by his peers at their annual meeting held during the National Championship Tournament earlier this month.
The Vice-Presidential term will be from 2009-2012 and the Presidential term will be from 2012-2015.
As part of his duties, Coach Sloan will attend the annual meetings at the National Championship site each year.
BUNN -- In Chris Miller’s estimation, rumors of the downsizing of Bunn’s vaunted rushing attack are a bit premature.
Miller, BHS’ first-year football coach, acknowledges that the Wildcats will throw the ball more out of his preferred spread offense.
But don’t expect the Wildcats to become a total fun-and-gun machine.
After all, one of the major objectives of the offense is to spread out defenders, leaving more room to run up the middle. This was a strategy that was well-utilized by spread guru Joe Salas during his coaching days at Franklinton.
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